Dancer Misty Copeland to speak in Lincoln ahead of Lied Center performance

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LINCOLN, Neb. (University of Nebraska) -- A rare speaking engagement by ballet star Misty Copeland will highlight the 2017-18 series of the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In 2015, Copeland became the first black female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history. The artist, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian will discuss how she broke barriers and her work to inspire young people in "A Conversation with Misty Copeland" at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, 2018, in Kimball Recital Hall. The event is presented by the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

"The opportunity to host a conversation with one of the world's leading performing artists is extremely rare," said Bill Stephan, Lied Center executive director. "Misty Copeland has inspired millions of people around the world with her incredible artistic achievements."

A limited number of $10 general admission tickets will go on sale from the Lied Center beginning at 11 a.m. Jan. 8, with some free tickets available for students at Nebraska. Details will be announced in January.

Copeland will also perform the iconic title role in Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" Feb. 16 at the Lied. The performance, a collaboration between the American Ballet Theatre and the St. Louis Symphony, is supported by the estate of alumnus Glenn Korff and will be recognized as the GK Platinum Command Performance.